Definition of well verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    well

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//wel//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wel//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they well
    BrE BrE//wel//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wel//
     
    he / she / it wells
    BrE BrE//welz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//welz//
     
    past simple welled
    BrE BrE//weld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//weld//
     
    past participle welled
    BrE BrE//weld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//weld//
     
    -ing form welling
    BrE BrE//ˈwelɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwelɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] well (up) (of a liquid) to rise to the surface of something and start to flow Tears were welling up in her eyes.
  2. 2[intransitive] well (up) (literary) (of an emotion) to become stronger Hate welled up inside him as he thought of the two of them together.
  3. Word Originverb Old English wella, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wel and German Welle ‘a wave’.
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